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Large space after Amazon ad in Wordpress post ... HELP!!!! :(

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    Jennifer Sucheyposted 3 years ago

    When I insert an amazon ad in my wordpress.org post, it creates several inches of space after. So far I only put them at the end of the post because of this, yet there’s still huge space between the ad and the comment section, etc. I’ve been asking around and not getting anywhere. I even asked Amazon directly and they said to ask in Wordpess forums, etc, which I already have. I'm posting everywhere I can think of. Can someone PLEASE help me???

    Here’s an example. Look for the ad at the bottom of the post.

    http://blissfulmiss.com/develop-good-habits/

    This is the code I have inserted.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image93
      Marisa Wrightposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Wordpress is annoying because it often "cleans up" code pasted straight into a post, so your affiliate link comes out wrong and won't align correctly etc etc.  A plugin really is the best answer.   I don't use Amazon much, because I am an eBay affiliate and I find it works better.  However I've tried this one in the past:

      http://wordpress.org/plugins/amazon-pro … st-plugin/

      If you're reviewing products, it's worth going for this one instead:

      http://wordpress.org/plugins/author-hreview/

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        Jennifer Sucheyposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Ah yes. I had already forgotten about the pluggin option. I will try that next. Thanks for the links to specific ones to try.

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        Jennifer Sucheyposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Marissa, I tried the first plugin you gave me, which is set up a lot like another one I've tried and I had the same results with. I put the ad code into the "box" they give you, and nothing happens. The ad doesn't appear. I don't know if it's another issue with my theme or what. I'll try the other plugin, though.

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      Jennifer Sucheyposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Well, after discussion with a moderator on the wordpress.org forum, he has determined that there is a bug in the theme I'm using. He did a test site with that theme, inserted the same kind of Amazon ad and it did the same thing.

      So unless he or someone else figures out a fix for it, I have to either change my theme or include my ads in a different format.

      Thanks for all your help.

      1. Marisa Wright profile image93
        Marisa Wrightposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        I see you're using a theme by OneDesigns.  He's a good designer - I've used a couple of his themes.  It would be worth emailing him to tell him about the bug, he will probably fix it!

        You really do need a plugin, though - one of the reasons there's a demand for plugins is that Amazon's ads often have problems when pasted directly into a post.  The hreview one is especially good because it lets you award star ratings to products too.

        A couple of tips -

        Think about including some navigation in your sidebar, perhaps a "latest posts" or a "popular posts".   

        You need a "Home" button in your top menu.

        You're unlikely to sell anything with those Amazon ads. Individual Amazon ads only sell if you give people a reason to buy (like, for instance, reviewing the product).   Consider an Adsense skyscraper instead, or join up to an affiliate network like ShareASale to find merchants you can deal with direct.

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          Jennifer Sucheyposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Yes, I'm working on getting a different ad up in my sidebar. I had Adsense ads up but hated that I couldn't control the product or the look. Those Amazon ads are only temporary. I already signed up with a couple of others. I think ShareASale was one. I just haven't had time to go beyond sign up and figure out an ad to place there.

          The Wordpress guy I've even talking to have me a code to put in the CSS thing to fix my problem. There's no space now. In fact, the a is now smashed up against the "Like it" section, but we've made progress! I will email OneDesign and let them know. I have posted about my problem there more than once with no help though.

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          Jennifer Sucheyposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Yes, I'm working on getting a different ad up in my sidebar. I had Adsense ads up but hated that I couldn't control the product or the look. Those Amazon ads are only temporary. I already signed up with a couple of others. I think ShareASale was one. I just haven't had time to go beyond sign up and figure out an ad to place there.

          The Wordpress guy I've even talking to have me a code to put in the CSS thing to fix my problem. There's no space now. In fact, the a is now smashed up against the "Like it" section, but we've made progress! I will email OneDesign and let them know. I have posted about my problem there more than once with no help though.

          1. Marisa Wright profile image93
            Marisa Wrightposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            The trouble with inserting code into the CSS is that you'll have to remember to do it again, every time you update your theme.  And as you've found, changing or inserting something can have catastrophic effects elsewhere, which you probably don't have enough knowledge to fix - so it can make things worse instead of better!

            Better to avoid tinkering with the code altogether - which a plugin will do for you. Personally I dislike the look of Amazon's own ad code anyway.

  2. livewithrichard profile image84
    livewithrichardposted 3 years ago

    When you created your post, did you use the html editor or the visual editor?  HTML is what you should be using when you insert code.  Also, at the end of the code, place your cursor and delete any additional spacing.  This should clear up the white space issue.

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      Jennifer Sucheyposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Yes, I place the code in the html editor. Otherwise it just shows up as html. I see the ad after it's placed. And there is no white space after the html code when I look at it in the editor.

      You got anything else??? wink

  3. bestcattree profile image87
    bestcattreeposted 3 years ago

    When you are in the html editor and you hold the down arrow key how far down below the html for the add does it go? Is there any space there? If there is space there erase it up to the last character in your add code that way there is no spaces after the code. I'm sorry if this does not help and it is not meant to insult you. I just think there may be a few empty lines after the add. Let me know how that works out.

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      Jennifer Sucheyposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      There are no extra spaces in editor mode, but thanks for trying. wink

  4. Radcliff profile image89
    Radcliffposted 3 years ago

    I'll give you my perspective from personal experience: those boxes don't work very well, anyway. In order to sell a product, you'll do much better to write a few sentences on why your reader should make the purchase. Use anchor text, like the title of the book for example, to create a link to the Amazon page. While you're in Amazon on the product you want to sell, click on the "text only" tab. insert the anchor text in box #1, then copy and paste that link and add it to your html screen. This will lead to a much higher chance of conversion.

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      Jennifer Sucheyposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks for your input. My goal has been to include the product within the content, but haven't been able to because of this problem. I will think about doing it the way you suggest, though. I think "text only" would probably work, but I really do like the "image with text" icon. I can get the "image only" option to work fine. It's just the "image with text" one that causes me issues. I'll check out your site for an example, assuming I can go to your HP profile and click on a link to your site.

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        Jennifer Sucheyposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Okay, I see what you mean now. You're not talking about pasting in Amazon's text ad to your post. You're talking about creating a link to it just like you would when creating a link to another hub or website within your regular content. I will think about that, too. Thanks so much for your suggestion.

        1. livewithrichard profile image84
          livewithrichardposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          You can also grab a larger image of the product you want to promote and link directly to the image with your affiliate info.  Just remember to add a call to action.

  5. bestcattree profile image87
    bestcattreeposted 3 years ago

    Apparently I don't read other peoples comments correctly Lol. Sorry about the duplicate answer.

  6. bestcattree profile image87
    bestcattreeposted 3 years ago

    What about about using a plugin to insert the ad ? Perhaps check the height of the code? It will look something like height: 240px or try adding some text just below it maybe a sentence or some underscores. On a site I own using that type of add I have words underneath mine and it displays correctly.

  7. bestcattree profile image87
    bestcattreeposted 3 years ago

    Maybe Try adding     Written by Jennifer Suchey © 2013    Under the Add

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      Jennifer Sucheyposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      bestcattree, when I put text below the ad, it is several inches below it. I initially couldn't even figure out how to get the ad in the post at all without showing up as html text. I thought maybe I had to have a pluggin and tried a few, which confused me further. Finally someone pointed out I needed to be in the "text editor" to add the html code. Then it started working, except adding the space. However, at this point, maybe a pluggin would be the answer to my problems. I finally have a moderator at the wordpress.org forum trying to help me. If he can't figure it out, I may try a pluggin or two to see if I can get it to work that way.

      1. Cardisa profile image90
        Cardisaposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        I usually use a theme which has built-in ad space in place of coding, this way I don't have to paste the ad on the content page and they are in the header, sidebars and footer.

 
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